+1 I remember the gas shortages in Houston when they tried to evacuate.
Might not be able to get to a shelter or family member.
Does not this speak to planning?
Personally, I do not drive a car that has less than a 1/2 tank of gas in it. That is sufficient fuel to get me over two hours away from where I am. With Tom-Tom, I can drive section roads, if I must, to bug out. Tom-Tom will help me find a gas station within range when the low gas light glows.
Except for Come Quickly, Lord Jesus
, there's not going to be a natural disaster that two hours of fuel won't get me out. Living through two Federally-declared winter storms and driving through one of them proved this right.
Breaking down in a third winter storm proved the value in a membership in GM Motor Club
. There's also AAA
. Many cellphone carriers offer roadside assistance as well.
The only way one can not get to relatives and friends is one does (1) does not have a car or (2) lacks the financial resources to make the trek.
The government's answer to both of those is to provide a ride to a shelter. That ride may be on a bus from NOLA to OK. The passengers that came to Oklahoma from Katrina were on a bus that rarely stopped. When it did stop, those on board had very little money. One store's shelves were emptied. I assume the Government paid for that.
The passengers that came this year saw the trip a little better organized. I did not hear of many difficulties.
The shelter will be a managed shelter complete with three meals, a cot, and rules. Some people can't take all three at once. People got arrested for breaking the law, just like they would get arrested for breaking the law back home
. Through all that Oklahoma tends to get more compliments than complaints.
Some people don't like the ride or the hospitality. I am truly sorry for that.
The discomfort can be minimized by planning now
what one will do when (not IF) an emergency or disaster strikes.
In the Come Quickly, Lord Jesus
event, my ride and shelter is assured, but not by the Government.
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